What eight English words does Mamacita know in The House on Mango Street?

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akasha124 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The eight words (or more accurately, phrases) Mamacita knows are: He not here, No speak english, and holy smokes.

Mamacita says, he no here when the landlord comes which may indicate that her husband pays the rent and they are sometimes behind in rent.  No speak english is when anyone who doesn't speak Spanish tries to speak to her, which indicates that she doesn't have an interest in speaking to anyone who doesn't speak Spanish and doesn't want to learn English because she misses Mexico.  Holy smokes likely indicates that she could learn English if she wanted to because it's an idiom which is a difficult part to pick up in a language, but she doesn't want to. 

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